29 Sept 2019

Love Beauty & Planet: Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Conditioner

A few months back I spotted the Love Beauty & Planet range popping up in my local Boots and I was intrigued as it was under the 'vegan' hair products shelf. I'm not a vegan but I assumed as the products were vegan, it is more natural than other named brands on the shelves. So I decided to purchase the coconut oil and ylang ylang shampoo and conditioner. It just so happens that this range is suitable for hair that needs repairing.

I tested out this product for a whole month and I still have quite a bit left in the bottle - which means a little does go a very long way! I like that the scent is subtle but slightly noticeable. The shampoo cleans my hair from the build up of product throughout the week and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It's also suitable for both men and women, in my opinion, as my brother-in-law seemed to love using it too.

The packaging is a great size for the shower or if you are travelling so I definitely think I'll purchase a couple more for when I travel next. The label on the bottle claims that the plastic is recycled, which is great! I don't know why all brands don't do this? It doesn't make a different to the look and feel of the product and is a great switch. 

The product is also vegan, as mentioned previously, as well as free from parabens, silicones and colourants making it gentle for your hair. My only niggle I have about this product is that it still contains sulfates - which is terrible for curly hair as it doesn't allow them to be as defined as they could be. 

Last but not least, the price of the product isn't cheap. I feel like the prices have actually gone higher since I bought it (or I purchased when it was on offer) and it is now £7 a bottle! This is comparative to the Shea Moisture range - which I love and feel that it has a few more benefits on the 'natural beauty' side of things. However, this range is a great option for everyday use if you have wavy or straight hair or if you don't really care what you use. If you have curly hair, I'd recommend Shea Moisture over this.


22 Sept 2019

My Beauty Favourites From This Summer

I hate to admit it but summer is coming to an end here in the UK. On the plus side autumn is coming which means knits, cosy nights in and hues of orange! Excitement aside, today's post is all things summer beauty and I noticed that I've been reaching for the same products over the past few months. So I figured I'd share some of my beauty favourites from the summer on the blog today.

If you read this post, you'd know I'm trying out the Curly Girl Method. It's been going well, my hair gets better and better with each wash and sometimes it is crazy curly to the point I can't control it! I think it's just a case of finding the right products to help define the curls and keep them looking nice.

After I wash my hair I apply a gel or creme whilst it is still damp so the curls are defined. To help hold the curls I've been using the Shea Moisture Curl Gel Souffle. It's a great gel that isn't too sticky or tacky and doesn't make your hair go crispy. It also smells amazing and a little goes a very long way so this tub should last you a good while! I really like how Shea Moisture products are free from all the nasties like parabens and petroleum, which also helps with bringing back curls and keeping them healthy.

As you may know, my skin is always dry so to add some hydration the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil is great. This oil makes my skin feel the benefits of an oil without having the greasy feel. It's lightweight formula makes it brilliant for mornings but I use this both day and night.

I like to pop a few drops on my palms and pat it into the skin - apparently this is the best way to apply oils as it maximises the benefits of the products and is most gentle for the skin. You can also add a few drops into your cream and apply it that way.

The Body Shop Skin Defence has been my go-to SPF for the past few summers and this year it was no different. I use this on my face and neck and it just does the job of your bog standard SPF but without the smell - something which I'm not particularly fond of! I haven't been on a summer holiday this year but our British summer wasn't too bad ey? I'll definitely be taking this on my trip later this year (follow me on my Instagram to stay tuned!)

I originally purchased this mask as a gift for my sister as she loves Kiehl's but after using it a couple of times, I knew I needed to get my own! The Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is a (mouthful to say) fab mask for all skin types. It brightens the skins appearance by buffing away dead skin sells, making you look more radiant and less fatigued - something I definitely need!

I always say I struggle with a bright complexion because of my eczema and dry skin but this mask gives my skin a different type of glow that other masks don't. Highly recommend for both women and men looking for a great all-rounder mask.

I never have much to share about fragrances on my blog but I've talked briefly about this product before, which means it is great! The Body Shop Shea Eau De Toilette is a lovely scent that is really hard to describe! If you are after a scent that isn't overpowering, isn't floral and doesn't break the bank - this might be for you. Head to your local store and give it a whiff!

What products have you been loving this summer?

1 Sept 2019

REVIEW: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

It is no secret that I am a skincare lover and always looking for new products to add to my collection. So when the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush was gifted to me by my family as a birthday present, I was SO excited to try it out. I’ve heard rave reviews of similar gadgets like the Clarasonic Brush and other versions that brands have bought out so I was very excited to finally be giving one a go!
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